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Published on April 30th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne


Darren’s Movie News 30/04/09

There’s a few very interesting bits of news today, methinks, but before that, don’t forget we’re all off to Cineworld on Parnell Street to see Crank 2 tonight at 6.30. Come along. More info here.

  • Michael Douglas as Gordon GeckoIn very exciting news, Oliver Stone is talking about the sequel to the iconic 80’s flick Wall Street. Michael Douglas has signed on to reprise the role of Gordon Gecko and it looks like Shia LeBoeuf will play a young broker trying to deal with the current economic meltdown. No word on Sheen as of yet. Wall Street is still one of the greatest films ever made and with the world’s economy as it is at the moment, Gordon Gecko could be the very character to epitomise all that we have grown to hate about the CEO’s and bankers who are getting off scott free. What do you think? Excited to see Gecko again?
  • In other equally exciting news, Robert Zemeckis has hinted that he may be drawn (excuse the pun) back to Roger Rabbit. There have been rumours of a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel ever since the 1988 movie was release, but with the director of the original talking it up, this could be good news indeed. So, same question, should this 80’s classic be left alone or is it time for Eddie Valiant and Roger to reteam?

Roger Rabbit

  • I have already mentioned that Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has been tweaked mid-shoot to remove half of Russell Crowe. Well now it seems the script will be reworked too. The great Tom Stoppard has been hired to give the script a once over. This does not bode well for the big budget movie. Then again, maybe it’s better to tweak as they go rather than settle on a movie they know to be awful. Incidentally, this news comes from the new site Showbiz 411 which was set up by Roger Friedman, the writer who was fired by Fox for reviewing the leaked version of Wolverine. Go Roger!
  • Bruce Willis looks like he has no intention of slowing down. He is in talks for three more action movies. In Inventory he would play a detective on the trail of a murderer. In Red Willis would be a former black-ops agent who has gone into retirement but is forced back into action when an assassin threatens him and his girlfriend. And in Scarpa he would play an FBI informant working deep undercover is a mob family. Frankly, I think it’s time for another Die Hard.
  • SpawnDid anyone see 1997’s Spawn? I didn’t but I’ve heard some awful reports about it. Well, it seems writer Todd McFarlane wants to give the comic book another big screen outing. Am I excited? Not in the least.
  • I am however excited about the movie Humpty Dumpty. Yep, you heard me. It will be a “3-D sci-fi horror pic is about a half-human, half-alien creature who embarks on a murderous rampage after his alien mother is abused by two rednecks in the Deep South“. Cool!
  • Will Ferrell is planning a kind-of sequel to the Hansel and Gretel story. The horror comedy Hansel and Grete: Witch Hunters will take place fifteen years later, with the all-growed-up Hansel and Gretel now a pair of full-time witch hunters, roaming the countryside on the trail of witches.

I got a theory, it could be witches, some evil witches
Which is ridiculous, cause witches were persecuted
Wicca good and love the earth and women power and I’ll be over here

  • Paradise Lost, Milton’s epic poem has had mooted movie plans for decades. Well now it seems there are two versions of Paradise in the works. The story of Satan’s fall from grace and Adam and Eve’s temptation has an Indie version going into production this Summer and Warner Bros have also set their sights on the tale. Interesting to see how this plays out.
  • Today’s trailer is for the movie Adam, the story of a guy with Aspergers who falls for his neighbour. It looks damn good. I look forward to catching this:

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5 Responses to Darren’s Movie News 30/04/09

  1. Will Knott says:

    Darren, If you want to be Xander; you’ll need an eyepatch.

  2. Rick says:

    Top notch today as always dude…

    Kind of tired of Hollywood always looking back though…

  3. Darren Byrne says:

    @Will That was so sad. And poor Anya. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that.

    @Rick Why thank you, Sir. Yeah, originality is light on the ground these days.

  4. Maxi Cane says:

    I would give my left nut for a lesbian scene between Jessica Rabbit and Betty Boop. At the very least they could do it as a deleted scene for the DVD.

  5. Lottie says:

    Spawn is one of the earliest comics I got into and there was a pretty good animated series out about 12 years ago. But the movie was total shit. I’d like to see it done right.

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